‘COAS helps poor man, seeking health treatment’

Sadiqabad: A Sadiqabad-based taxi driver, weighing 330 kilogrammes, was air lifted on a Pakistan Army helicopter to Lahore for treatment on Tuesday.

On directives of Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Noorul Hassan, a resident of Mohallah Islampura in Sadiqabad had appealed on social media to Gen. Bajwa to take notice of his predicament and assist him in seeking treatment.

Gen Bajwa instructed Army officials to send an air ambulance to Sadiqabad to retrieve Hassan and transport him to Lahore for medical treatment.

Sadiqabad Assistant Commissioner Kashif Dogar informed that Hassan, 55, could not travel in an ambulance by road due to his weight. He said that Hasan was a poor taxi driver and residing in a small house.

On Tuesday, Rescue 1122 personnel broke main door and wall of Hassan’s house to bring him out.

Dogar said that rescue team shifted Hasan onto a mini truck and transported him to a football ground in Sadiqabad where a helipad was fashioned for air ambulance’s landing.

AC Dogar said that Dr Maazul Hassan, a laparoscopic surgeon in Lahore would treat Noorul Hasan.

Relatives of Noorul Hassan distributed sweets in their neighbourhood in celebration of his departure to Lahore for treatment.

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